OTTAWA, April 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
today announced that six more patient and advocacy groups have endorsed
the Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada. This
brings to 128 the number of organizations who have lent their support
to the principles.
"I am pleased that the joint principles continue to attract the interest
of patient, community, health charity, and other local and national
organizations," said Dr. Anna Reid, CMA president. "The embrace of
these principles by so many diverse organizations proves that Canadians
truly want to see our health care system change."
The principles (www.cma.ca/health-care-transformation ) were developed in 2011 by the CMA and the Canadian Nurses Association
(CNA) to guide the transformation of the health care system in Canada.
The goal is for Canada's public health care system to provide quality
care and to be sustainable, equitable, accountable and patient-centred,
with a greater emphasis on prevention.
The most recent partners to endorse the principles are the Canadian
Cancer Action Network, the National Gaucher Foundation, NWT Teachers'
Association, the NWT Seniors' Society, Alternatives North and the Centre Psychosocial d'Ottawa.
"Together with our partners we will continue to advocate for better
health care for patients and improved health for Canadians," Dr. Reid
Attached are quotes from representatives of the groups that have
endorsed the CMA/CNA principles.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization
representing more than 77,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12
provincial and territorial medical associations and 51 national medical
organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of
Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of
Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care.
Quotes from patient advocacy groups
"The Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN) is pleased to support the
Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada as developed
by the CMA and the CNA. As a patient-centred umbrella organization
working closely with patient advocacy groups and key cancer control
stakeholders across Canada, CCAN is grounded in the belief that in
order to advance efforts to achieve universal and timely access to
quality care and treatment, a patient-centred approach must be firmly
embedded in health care transformation. We applaud the joint efforts of
the CMA and CNA to guide Canadians toward an improved health care
Marjorie Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Action
For more information: 866-378-1986
"The Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation are in complete
alignment with the National Gaucher Foundation's vision. Both the
Foundation and the CMA believe that it is vital that Canadians have
access to optimal, equitable, sustainable care and support to live
full, healthy and productive lives."
Christine White, President, National Gaucher Foundation
For more information: 613-521-5050
"The Northwest Territories Teachers' Association is pleased to support
the CMA/CNA Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada.
We strongly support a proactive approach to develop strategies for
health promotion and illness prevention for children, youth and
families that acknowledges socioeconomic and environmental impacts on
health. Progress in this area is certain to have a positive impact for
students, teachers, families, and schools where the ever-increasing
special needs of students exceed the education system's capacity to
address these needs."
Gayla Meredith, President, Northwest Territories Teachers' Association
For more information: 867-873-8501
"The goal to sustain a system that is patient-centred and accountable is
critical for all Canadians. We wholeheartedly support and approve of
this approach in any new health accord between the government and the
provinces and territories. I strongly believe better care, better
health outcomes, and lower per capital costs are in the best interest
of Canadians. We all must put our energy behind the wheel to help
accomplish these goals CMA is putting forward in this document."
Leon Peterson, President, Northwest Territories Seniors' Society
For more information: 867-920-7444
"Alternatives North supports the joint principles to transform the
health care system. As a social justice coalition operating in the
Northwest Territories and working to raise awareness on social issues,
we believe that all orders of government should adopt these principles
to ensure that improvements to the health care system are more
For more information: 867 445 2149
"The Centre Psychosocial is an exclusively Francophone agency offering mental health services in
the various Canadian provinces. The Centre partners with all those who endorse the guiding principles for health
care transformation put forth by the CMA and the CNA. These principles
place the patient at the forefront, in a context where we are
increasingly sensitive to and conscious of the importance of mental
health and its impact on physical health. Placing the patient at the
center of treatment demands a serious rethinking of our therapeutic
approaches and our treatment traditions."
Dr. René-Guy Cantin, Executive Director, Centre Psychosocial d'Ottawa
For more information: 855-789-2244
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
For further information:
Dominique Jolicoeur, Communications Officer
Tel: 800-663-7336 / 613-731-8610 ext. 2038